Monday, 22 October 2012

Eric Ravilious High Street Prints

Sanders are pleased to report the recent acquisition of several rare prints from Eric Ravilious' and J. M. Richard’s High Street, published in London by Country Life Books.

This unusual publication is a book of descriptive accounts of high street shops and businesses trading during the 1930's. Each chapter was accompanied by  a full page lithographic illustration by Eric Ravilious, many of which we currently have listed on our website.  The now much sought after prints are evocative of everyday life in early 20th century London.

Pharmaceutical Chemist
Eric Ravilious
Curwen Press, 1938
Image 210 x 140 mm
From J. M. Richard's and Eric Ravilious' High Street, Country Life Books.

Eric Ravilious, 1903-1942. English painter, wood-engraver and designer. He was born in Acton and was educated at Eastbourne School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art (1922–1925), where he was taught by Paul Nash and became close friends with Edward Bawden. He began teaching part-time at Eastbourne School of Art in 1925 and later that year was elected to the Society of Wood Engravers, having been proposed by Paul Nash. After leaving the RCA, he became a master of wood engraving and illustrated numerous books and produced patterned papers for the Curwen Press. In the 1930s he began painting larger compositions in a wider range of colour, and this led him to use lithography to illustrate High Street (1938). Later as a War Artist he produced a series of lithographs of submarines.

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